In Profile: Bartiromo, Geist, Hayes

By A.J. Katz 

In the midst of her five year anniversary at Fox News/FBN, Maria Bartiromo speaks with DuJour, Forbes and SWAAY. During the Q&A with SWAAY, she reflects on the shift in the business TV news industry, and is asked a question about trends she has found among her audience: “We have all these disagreements on politics and yet we’re all very much the same. What I find from my viewers is they just want honesty, they want to know what issues are important to women, to men, and what are the solutions.”

NBC News/MSNBC’s Willie Geist speaks with Variety about his hectic mornings co-hosting MSNBC’s Morning Joe and solo hosting NBC’s Sunday Today. He also talks about how he likes to conduct interviews for his Sunday show: “A TV interview is inherently an unnatural thing. You never sit down or wait for all the lights and a countdown and the camera to be set and everyone to be quiet and say, ‘Go,’ when you start talking to a person. So how do you get around that?” He makes sure to meet his subjects in a bar or restaurant.  And he doesn’t bring a list of questions. “There is no way you would bring a pile of notes if you met somebody in a bar.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes speaks with Variety about the recent college admissions cheating scandal, where actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and the many other high-income and powerful figures who were recently charged with partaking in a college admissions cheating scheme, and what it says about America. Hayes has studied the causes of this type of behavior, and wrote a book back in 2012 named Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. “One of the engines we have always had of this American meritocracy is college admissions. But we know that it’s a fairly rigged system, even without the obviously blatant criminal behavior we are seeing. This just makes it so totally explicit in a way that reflects something profound about how the system is already working.”

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